Leadership Time Out: The Power and Purpose of Structured Reflective Practice

This event is currently sold out. If you would like your name added to the waitlist please email Susannah at sgergich@pillarnonprofit.ca


Does your organization have a leadership growth plan?

Are you and your organization thinking purposefully about how to cultivate leadership development in service to organizational capacity building?

Having a clear intention, some guidance, and the right resources in place will not only help you reach your desired outcome faster, but also ease the stress along the way. Knowing what you want and where you want to go is just the first step; charting a course to get you there lays down the path to follow and allows you and your organization to support leadership resilience by implementing innovative development strategies.

Two years ago Michelle Baldwin, Pillar’s Executive Director started to consider the possibility of a fellowship that would allow her to step outside her Executive Director role for several months and document the origin stories of Pillar Nonprofit Network, Innovation Works, and VERGE Capital. From March to August of 2019 Michelle engaged in a Reflective Practice and Research Fellowship of her own design.

You might read this and think, “There is no way I could step away from my organization,” or, ‘We can’t all take those kinds of risks in the nonprofit sector.” This workshop is an opportunity to explore what is possible. Michelle’s experience is just one example of what conscious and strategic leadership development can look like. What could it look like for you?

Join Michelle Baldwin, Executive Director of Pillar Nonprofit Network, and Janet Frood, Founder & President of Horizon Leadership, to explore leadership growth, succession planning, and reflective practices. Connect with nonprofit sector senior leaders and explore ideas and opportunities to help sustain leaders in their roles, particularly for those who have  led an organization for an extended period of time.

During this conversation you will learn:

  • How senior leaders can build reflection and learning into their roles

  • How senior leaders can step outside of their role and preserve space to reflect in order to serve their organizations in new and different ways

  • The steps and supports you need in order to consider these kinds of opportunities - what worked, what challenges arose, and what is possible for you in your leadership development

  • How organizations can support senior leaders so they flourish in their roles, while also proactively doing succession planning by developing emerging leaders

  • How nature-based reflective practices can help you grow as a leader  


  1. This workshop involves time spent engaging with nature. Come prepared to go outside, rain or shine.
  2. The location. We are hosting this event at the Ontario Museum of Archealogy 

Executive Directors, CEOs, and Senior Leaders or equivalent management roles of nonprofits and charities



Janet Frood the Founder and President of Horizon Leadership Institute. As an executive, leadership and team coach, she partners with clients to build the human capacity of organizations and create high functioning teams.. Her strength is helping leaders articulate a clear noble purpose and create a compelling plan to move towards it with courage. She is also training to be a Nature and Forest Therapy Guide and is integrating nature based practices into her work with leaders and teams. As a former Executive Director of a hospital foundation, Janet understands the loneliness of leadership and how practices for building resilience and ongoing learning and growth are vital for executive leaders to stay engaged, creative and effective in their roles. 

Michelle Baldwin
Michelle Baldwin is Executive Director of Pillar Nonprofit Network and helped to co-create Innovation Works and VERGE Capital in London, Ontario. As a social innovator whose personal mission is to be a community connector, Michelle is passionate about connecting people and organizations. Michelle is a firm believer that nonprofits are integral to our community and that business, government and nonprofit sectors must work collaboratively to strengthen it. She has extensive experience in nonprofit management, social enterprise, social innovation, social finance, communications and fundraising. Michelle Baldwin is currently on a Reflective Practice and Research Fellowship from March 1 - August 31, 2019 and will return to her full-time role as Executive Director on September 1. Read more about her experience HERE.

What is the Nonprofit Member Discount Rate and who can take advantage of it?

  • Pillar Nonprofit Network offers 50% off registration fees for some workshops and events (not all of our events)
  • 5 of these spots available per event and they are first come first serve
  • Additional spots may be added at a later date. If you have already registered you cannot apply the discount
  • Only applicable to:

-Pillar Nonprofit Member ORGANIZATIONS (not applicable to Individual members)
-Who pay a $75.00 membership fee indicating that their operating budget is less than $100,000
-Note that all staff and volunteers of these nonprofit organizations can use the promo code

To receive the promo code and take advantage of the Special Member Rate please email education@pillarnonprofit.ca 

Learn more about becoming a member of Pillar HERE

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